Friday, April 28, 2006

Leave Kavvya Viswanathan alone!

Ok so….her book sounds like someone else’s…At 17 is not everyone trying to imitate someone…

All those sniggering, “I knew it would happen’… “ohhh she copied!!”…. ‘thought she is too great eh” people kindly shut up!

Besides, what I have learnt from random readings in my school's library..ALL american teen lit sounds the same!

All of us, it looks like ,are holier than thou and just waiting for someone to have a downfall so that we can tear them apart bit by bit in all our conversations..

Imagine for a moment what she is going through…this moment..just now…all eyes at her..in her college, in her neighbourhood, the TV the newspaper…imagine the misery, imagine the emotional scarring…and all this at the age of 19…no she does not deserve it.

The blame should go to the publishers for doing no homework, to the parents who pressured her and goodness knows how many other people who raised her to an unrealistic level.

So what about Mistress of Spices…now that sounds exactly like Joanne Harris in Holy Fools and in Chocolat…..how about it eh…shall we begin to rip apart Chirta Divarakuni?......or Paul Mayeda Berges?

And while we are at it let us rip each other apart and those on this planet who are totally original, immune to imitation please be the referees!

14 comments:

Finny Forever said...

:) - hey. the author of a million little bits got his as well. Being original is a hell of a lot of trouble - which is why the cover of prissy arrivistes needs to be blown. She's going through her hell - everybody does sometime; it should make her a deeper person. That doesnt mean this should never have been shown up, reported, and admitted to.

Finny Forever said...

the million bits case was nother case of course.

JP said...

She actually copied passages from another writer! That's just mean and she should have thought twice. Silly rabbit.

Yasmine Claire said...

Yep... what she did was wrong...only poor girl is paying too heavy a price.....

JP said...

Not at all. She got that $5 mil advance didn't she? She acted in bad faith, and doesn't reallyneed sympathy.But I'm a bit of a hard-hat that way.

Anonymous said...

she got 500,000 not 5 million.
-Finny

JP said...

Correct. Anyway, I'm sure she'll survive. Maybe she can the next Apprentice.

shenoy said...

well.Just goes on to show that in today’s world “Originality lies in obscuring your sources”, and woe to he or she whose Originality’s source is discovered.

Wonder how different her life would’ve been if The Harvard Crimson had not come along? Wonder how much of the half-a-million $$s she split with Alloy Entertainment? Wonder how much of the blame as well? Wonder what her next book will be about? Wonder if it is too unfair and too early to call her the Anu Malik of American Teen Lit? One wonders. yes. let him without sin cast the first stone.

JP said...

I say stone the crow, then.

Yasmine Claire said...

But shez just 19....:(.....

true that I do not tolerate any plagarised essays from my students....

still..

Anonymous said...

def - Alloy shares the blame. Their biz area is actually pretty questionable.
-Finny

JP said...

I think she should at least be spanked and I offer to undertake this onerous task myself. I can understand that you don't want to condone gleeful, self-righteous Kaavya-bashing completely, but surely this will suffice?

Yasmine Claire said...

Aye JP! then send her across to me. Over this one year I have become quite good at handing out detentions to my "wont write an essay unless it is copy pasted from the net" students.

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